In the summer of 2014, prior to living on the road, I took a job in the Arizona backcountry. I spent the majority of my time sleeping under the stars, cooking on an open fire, without electronics. There was no trail to follow. We had paper maps, a start point and an end destination to find our way to. .
I now consider my ability to read maps, and find places a huge advantage in landscape photography. Take for instance, Yosemite. One of the most photographed locations in America. A while back, I realized that it was legal to venture off trail, and even backcountry camp (with a permit, bear box...) Suddenly, I had flashbacks to my summer job in Arizona. Looking at a map of Yosemite Valley, this time with a photographer’s eye, I saw new angles on Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, etc. .
As much as I love having a camera to my eye at all time, my first love will always be the wilderness itself. Envisioning the way, and drawing it on the map. No photo to base your destination off of, just imagination of what it could be.
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